April 21, 2011

eSeminar now on demand: Rapid Animation Generation for Avatar Personalization in Adobe Captivate 5 Projects

Admittedly bizarre but tons of fun, this week’s eSeminar focused on saving money and still getting high quality images and animations for your eLearning modules by leveraging free animation software to create animations and even stage complex simulations. In a test of my rapidly aging laptop I held the session in Adobe Connect, did Captures with Adobe Captivate Full Motion Recording of Linden Labs Second Life and ran a browser for good measure. ;)

Included below is the slide deck for the presentation, also available here via the link with the embedded text. As i mentioned during the session, the notes regarding the efficacy of personalization via avatar inclusion are on the downloadable slide deck here.

One of the more interesting considerations in this regard is what impact the avatar animation will have on learning. Studies related to this topic show that while the animation adds to the interest the learner may have in the content – the animation alone is not sufficient to lead to improved learning. So we have a couple of natural topics that emerge.

  • Perception: people will prefer the content with animation and slick graphics – if it is efficient and on topic.
  • Learning: people will learn more when the animation is on topic. The theory behind this has to do with how we engage as conversationalists more than any other element.
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    So should you do animation? When should you do animation. I recommend that you consider animation when you are working on creating engaging interactions that facilitate knowledge transfer by creating recognizable mimetic (story / scene) elements for the learner. If you are training workplace safety for an aquarium, having images of events happen in an aquarium will trigger better long term retention for the staff engaged in the training. Same is true for virtually any contextual information. Since most of the critical training we do is context-sensitive – the call for such images are frequent.

    One limitation of stock photography and similar resources is that you often cannot find images that perfectly suit the context of the learning – and its conceivable that these limitations can decrease knowledge transfer. The eSeminar this week focused on using free animation / world creation software to build such context rapidly and at very low costs compared to other animation solutions. You’ll find the link to the seminar below.

    LINK: Here is the LINK to the on demand version of the eSeminar.

    Posted by Allen Partridge6:18 PM
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    • booncoon

      The link says
      There are no sessions currently scheduled for this event.

      • http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/ Allen Partridge

        My bad. Sorry about that. I’ve updated the Link in the post above also.

    • rickhumphries

      I echo what booncoon says;

      how can we view a recorded version of this session?

      • http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/ Allen Partridge

        Sorry guys – i’ve updated the link above.

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    • rickhumphries

      Thanks Allen

    • rickhumphries

      Hi Allen, I’m not sure how I export my recorded screen project as a swf file? Please can you help me with this.

      Also, when I try recording my second life character, captivate seems to have recorded what looks more like a series of still images covering three slides. Any ideas what has happened?

      Thanks

      • http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/ Allen Partridge

        Rick. 2 quick steps to export the cp files as SWF.
        1. Go to Window: Skins – and uncheck border and playbar.
        2. Go to Publish: choose SWF. Publish the swf.

        No for the recording. When you select the record function – note that there is an option for FMR (Full Motion Recording). You want to use this, not Automatic recording. Be careful not to try to record a huge long thing – it’s only able to do a short (say 1-5 minute clip) depending on your video quality (32 bit is much harder) the size of the video, smaller is better, and the amount of RAM your computer has. Hope this helps- love to see how it goes.

        • rickhumphries

          Ah fantastic – that’s sorted it! Thank you :) I also found another way of exporting to swf if anyone is interested. After recording you will see in the properties tab that the background will be a file called something like ‘Fullmotion1_1.swf’. You can find this file in the library and export it by right clicking – the selecting the export option.

          I have one more query if that’s OK, regarding the use of chroma to create an animation with a transparent background – is there any more detailed information on how to do this? I’d like to then insert the background Image I need straight into captivate, without adding it to a built wall in second life.

          I’m trying to create a virtual patient on a pharmacy shop floor and would be glad to share the end product after giving it a go! Thanks again

    • Jonathan

      Do you have a link to the Captivate file you created and showed in the tutorial so that I can see how you put it together?

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